Alias Smith and Jones (1971-1973)

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    • Alias Smith and Jones (1971-1973)

      ALIAS SMITH AND JONES

      UNIVERSAL TELEVISION


      Information From IMDb

      Series Cast
      Ben Murphy ... Jed 'Kid' Curry (Thaddeus Jones) (50 episodes, 1971-1973)
      Roger Davis ... Narrator / ... (49 episodes, 1971-1973)
      Pete Duel... Hannibal Heyes (Joshua Smith) (33 episodes, 1971-1972)
      Ralph Story ... Narrator (17 episodes, 1972-1973)
      Dennis Fimple ... Kyle Murtry (7 episodes, 1971-1972)
      Walt Davis ... Clyde / ... (5 episodes, 1971-1972)
      Burl Ives ... Big Mac McCreedy / ... (5 episodes, 1971-1972)
      J.D. Cannon ... Harry Briscoe (5 episodes, 1971-1972)
      Bill Fletcher ... Doc Holliday / ... (5 episodes, 1971-1972)
      Jon Lormer ... Farmer / ... (5 episodes, 1971-1972)
      Ford Rainey ... Collins / ... (5 episodes, 1971-1972)
      John Russell ... Sheriff Lom Trevors / ... (4 episodes, 1971-1972)
      and many others, notably,

      Slim Pickens,Cesar Romeo,Jackie Coogan,
      Paul Fix,Walter Brennan,Neville Brand,Buddy Ebsen,
      Pernell Roberts,Earl Holliman, Glenn Corbett, Forrest Tucker

      Series Directed
      Jeffrey Hayden (8 episodes, 1971-1973)
      Alexander Singer (8 episodes, 1971-1972)
      Jack Arnold (5 episodes, 1971-1972)
      and others.

      Series Produced
      Roy Huggins .... executive producer (50 episodes, 1971-1973)
      Jo Swerling Jr. .... associate executive producer / producer (41 episodes, 1971-1973)
      Glen A. Larson .... producer (38 episodes, 1971-1972)
      Steven Halpern .... associate producer / producer (32 episodes, 1971-1973)
      Nicholas E. Baehr .... associate producer (13 episodes, 1971-1972)

      Series Writing credits
      Glen A. Larson (50 episodes, 1971-1973)
      Roy Huggins (38 episodes, 1971-1973)

      Trivia
      * George Peppard was also in the running to replace actor Pete Duel before Roger Davis was chosen. Davis was already acting as the narrator of the opening credits. When he was added to the cast, a different narrator, Ralph Storey, was brought in to do the opening credits.

      * When Pete Duel committed suicide, voice actor Paul Frees dubbed in his voice as Hannibal Heyes in some already completed outdoor scenes of the show where the video was filmed but the audio still had to be re-recorded in the studio.

      * Following co-star Pete Duel's sudden death on December 31, 1971, production on the series came to a halt for only half a day. Filming resumed on the afternoon of January 1, 1972 with Roger Davis re-filming Duel's scenes for the episode in production at the time of his death.

      * The tragic death of series star Pete Duel on December 31, 1971 was not acknowledged by ABC when the next episode aired as scheduled on Thursday January 6, 1972.

      * Roger Davis played a Smiling Gunman in season 2 and was killed by Kid Curry. Davis returned to the series to replace Pete Duel after Duel committed suicide.

      * This series often mixed fictional characters with real-life ones - even the two leads are that mixture. Jed "Kid" Curry was real, a fairly well-known outlaw who committed suicide when trapped (several episodes feature discussions between Curry and Hannibal Heyes on whether they will both stay straight, with Curry sure about Heyes and far from sure about himself).

      * Based on references to various historical events, our heroes spent seven years just looking for amnesty during the two-year run of the series, and were still looking for it when the show left the air.

      Memorable Quotes

      [first lines for first season's episodes]
      [narrator speaks over scenes of Heyes and Curry committing various robberies]
      Narrator:
      Hannibal Heyes and Kid Curry - the two most successful outlaws in the history of the West. And in all the trains and banks they robbed, they never shot anyone. This made our two latter-day Robin Hoods very popular - with everyone but the railroads and the banks.

      [cut to scene of posse in hot pursuit of Heyes and Curry]
      Jed 'Kid' Curry: There's one we thing we gotta get, Heyes.
      Hannibal Heyes: What's that?
      Jed 'Kid' Curry: Out of this business!

      Filming Locations
      Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California, USA
      Arches National Park, Moab, Utah, USA
      Manti-La Sal National Forest, Utah, USA
      Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA
      Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park - 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Rd., Agua Dulce,
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: Classic TV Westerns-Alias Smith and Jones (1971-1973)

      Alias Smith and Jones is an American Western series that originally aired on ABC from 1971 to 1973.
      It stars Pete Duel as Hannibal Heyes and Ben Murphy as Jedediah "Kid" Curry,
      a pair of cousin outlaws trying to reform.
      The governor offers them a promise of conditional amnesty,
      but he wants to keep the pact under wraps for political reasons.
      The condition is that they will still be wanted—
      until the governor can openly say they have reformed and henceforth warrant clemency.

      I thought this a great TV series,
      particularly because of Pete Duel.
      He was a talented actor, who died tragically
      from suicide at the age of 31.

      The series was well acted and scripted, and a lot of fun.
      Roger Davis, the series narrator, took over Duel's part,
      and although Ben Murphy was a solid actor,
      he never quite carried it, after Duel's passing.
      It was never the same again, and the series was
      eventually cancelled.

      A short and untimely end, to a Classic TV Western.
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

      The post was edited 1 time, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Re: Classic TV Westerns-Alias Smith and Jones (1971-1973)

      I dont remember that show but I do remember the wild, wild west Jim west was a straight shooter and a snappy dresser. By the way, was the guy who played Artimis Gordon also in the magnificent seven?
      "Fill your hand you son of a b--ch"
    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- Alias Smith and Jones (1971-1973)

      I've never seen this show either, but I know where you can check out the complete first season, A site called Hulu, where they have lots of movies and old tv shows. Kevin led me there in a previous post, about The Barbarian and the Geisha. They have that movie there as well. Go check it out. They have the first 15 episodes of Alias Smith and Jones.

      Click on the link, hulu.com/alias-smith-and-jones

      Mark
      "I couldn't go to sleep at night if the director didn't call 'cut'. "
    • Re: Tv's Greatest Westerns

      i was always a big fan of "Alias Smith and Jones" as a child. it had a lot to do with the fact that they advertised wagon wheels but i also liked the beginning of every programme when they said " i sure do wish the sherrif would let a few more people in our secret" or something like that. i m surprised that the tv companies never put it on at all now
      "Sorry don t get it done, Dude" (Rio Bravo)

      Hooked on The Duke
    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- Alias Smith and Jones (1971-1973)

      I thought it was just OK-too much Universal backlot, and hills, not enough location shooting, but it DID have some nice guest spots. The Duel episodes are easily the best.
    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- Alias Smith and Jones (1971-1973)

      Peridot wrote:

      Wish I knew where to catch it again without buying the DVDs. There's no space left here for anything that doesn't have Richard Boone in it somewhere... :wink_smile:

      BTW, the new interface is nice. Well done. :thumbs_up:

      Some episodes can be seen here
      Westerns on the Web
      Just scroll down to
      Alias Smith and Jones
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England
    • Re: Classic TV Westerns- Alias Smith and Jones (1971-1973)

      Alias Smith and Jones
      Stagecoach Seven

      &
      Alias Smith and Jones
      The Man Who Murdered Himself


      Featuring
      Slim Pickens as Sheriff Benton
      and a couple of well known Brit actors
      Patrick Macnee as Norman Alexander
      and Juliet Mills as Julia Finney

      Good funny episode with a twist!
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England